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Dates of entrance examinations

 

 

Classical entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the classical theoretical entrance exam

 

Jazz entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the jazz theoretical entrance exam

Entrance Exams

On this page you will find information on the entrance examinations of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Students should be well-prepared for the exam; it is not possible to take a re-examination. 

Please note that the format of the Classical and Early Music entrance exams has been changed

Classical/Early Music

This year the entrance examinations of the Classical Department will be held online and will consist of three rounds:

  1. Video recordings
  2. Interview
  3. Theory test (not applicable to master candidates)

Candidates whose level in the first round meets the entry requirements will proceed to the second round. Only admissible candidates from the second round will need to do a theoretical examination.

Video recording (to be submitted before 1 February, 2022)
Aptitude and suitability are tested with reference to the principal study. Candidates perform a programme of approximately 20 minutes' duration. Candidates are asked to submit weblinks to their video recordings, uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo. For full details of the entrance requirements for each principal study, please see the principal subject of your choice below.

Please make sure that the videos are recorded from a static perspective, showing hands and face, and that each work or opus is recorded in a separate video. Please be aware that only unedited videos are allowed to be submitted. 

You can put the weblinks to your video recordings in the application form. Deadline for application and submitting the weblinks is 1 February, 2022.

Dependent on the result of this round you may be asked to send in additional video recordings with repertoire. This will be announced in the e-mail with the invitation for the interview.

Interview (21 March  - 1 April, 2022)
You will be invited to do an interview with the entrance exam committee by video call via Zoom. The interview will give you and the faculty the chance to meet and discuss relevant topics. 

Theory test (21 March  - 1 April, 2022)
The theoretical part of the entrance examination will be held online. More information will be published here as soon as possible. Although, in certain parts, the format will differ slightly from the pre-corona format, we still recommend using the online practice material to prepare for the exam. Only admissible candidates for the preparatory year and the bachelor degree programme are required to take the the theoretical entrance exam. Master candidates do not need to take the theoretical entrance exam. 

Finally
The application form can be found here; and the deadline to apply is 1 February, 2022. After your application is received you will be sent additional information on the application process.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cva-studadmin@ahk.nl and we will be happy to assist you.

Jazz

This applies to all principal subjects:

Candidates from abroad, EU as well as non-EU countries

  • preselection by means of (a link to) a recording to be uploaded in the application form
  • the entrance exam will be held online. Below you will find more information on the exam format.

Candidates from the Netherlands

  • preselection by means of (a link to) a recording to be uploaded in the application form
  • the entrance exam will be held at the CvA

For the details about 'Music in Education' see this page

Bachelor Entrance Exam

The exam consist of two parts (please note: Classical and Early Music candidates will take the exam parts on two consecutive days):

1. A practical part for all candidates

Aptitude and suitability are tested with reference to the principal study. Candidates perform a programme of approximately 20 minutes' duration. Programme details are to be submitted beforehand. For full details of the entrance requirements for each principal study, please see the principal subject of your choice below. 

2. Theoretical part for candidates for the preparatory course and all bachelor candidates 

The theory entrance exam of 2022 will follow the traditional theory entrance exam as closely as possible.

The traditional theory entrance exam has three parts: a written ear training test, a written general music theory test, and an oral solfège test. This year, the written ear training test and the oral solfège test will be merged into one extended oral test of approximately 25 minutes. The general music theory test will be done separately. You will do it after the oral test, individually.

In this overview, you can see exactly how the theory entrance exam this year is going to be different from the traditional theory entrance exam. Regardless of any changes, it is still strongly recommended to carefully study the practice material available on this website.

This online component consists of two parts:

  1. In part 1 your musical ear will be tested. You must identify by ear short rhythmic, melodic and harmonic fragments.
  2. Part 2 is General Music Theory. Your knowledge of the musical building blocks will be tested: scales, intervals, triads, chords, keys, etc. 

Practice material

The format of the theory entrance exam of 2022 is the same as that of 2021. You can download the theory entrance exam of 2021 here and use it as practice material.

Apart from this, it is strongly recommended to use the traditional practice material as well:

In addition, you can purchase the preparatory masterclass on CvA Online.

Assessment

During the entrance examination candidates will be tested for level of repertoire, technical skills, artistic abilities, development possibilities, ear tests and musical hearing.  If one of these aspects is considered insufficient, the candidate will fail.

N.B. In order to get an impression of the theoretical part of the exam, please view the theoretical test on this page.

Result

The examination result of the practical part is communicated to the candidate directly after the practical part. The result can be 'admissible to the principal subject' or 'rejected from the principal subject'. The board of directors (not the exam committee), will make the final decisions regarding the admissions. In addition to the results of the practical and theoretical exams (and for foreign candidates their command of the English language), the number of student places available per section will be taken into account. As soon as possible after the entrance exams the candidates will be informed if they will be admitted or not. During the summer holidays all admitted candidates will receive information on the start of the study year, the introduction day and the payment of the tuition fee.

Master Entrance Exam

The master entrance exam consists of a practical exam only. The admission requirements can be found on the page of the principal subject of your choice, see below:

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Dates of entrance examinations

 

 

Classical entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the classical theoretical entrance exam

 

Jazz entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the jazz theoretical entrance exam